Quotations About / On:
The strong man is strongest when alone.
(Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Tell, in Wilhelm Tell, act 1, sc. 3, trans. by Sir Thomas Martin.)
The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 202.)
It is very easy to love alone.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1927), originally published in Operas and Plays (1932). Four Saints in Three Acts, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
(Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Quoted in Henry Jaglom, Someone to Love (1985).
Definition of loneliness contributed by Welles to author.)
Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe.
(Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, ch. 40 (1955).)
Life's an awfully lonesome affair.... You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.
(Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist. "The Elephant," entry for July 16, 1933, Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr (1966).)
For themselves they fought, for themselves they conquered, and for themselves alone they have they have right to hold.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. "A Summary View of the Rights of British America..." (1774). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 122, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 23, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 99, "Nauka" (1976).)
We lunched and dined in crowded restaurants. We were always alone.
(Muriel Box (b. 1905), British screenwriter, and Sydney Box (1907-1983), British screenwriter. Franceska (Ann Todd), The Seventh Veil, speaking of her relationship with Nicholas (1945).)
The creepy thing about battle is you always feel alone.
(Samuel Fuller, U.S. screenwriter. Zab (Robert Carradine), The Big Red One (1980).)